High winds wreak havoc in different parts of Minnesota


High winds are making outdoor conditions challenging in different parts of the state Saturday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said high wind gusts have caused blowing snow and near-whiteout conditions in the west-central part of the state, KSTP-TV reports.

In addition, the DOT said the blowing snow has created scattered slippery spots.

Travel conditions are available on the DOT's website.

In Minneapolis, the warming tent at the 8th annual Pond Hockey Championship on Lake Nakomis was evacuated due to the high winds, WCCO-TV reports.

Organizers said that there were concerns about the tent's structural integrity. The winds have not, however, affected play.

The high winds are coming in just as the state prepares for sub-zero temperatures Sunday, which are expected to last into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says Sunday will be just above zero, and below below zero Monday and Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reports. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be between 25 and 40 degrees below zero Monday and Tuesday.

The low temps even prompted Spirit Mountain in Duluth to cut short its hours for Sunday and Monday, the Pioneer Press reports.

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